V.M. (Vanessa) Strike

Vanessa Strike is an Assistant Professor in Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management. She received her PhD from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Her research interests include Family Business, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Comparative Ownership Structures, and CSR. In particular, she focuses on the challenges of governance and decision-making within the family firm, and advising to the family firm.

She has published in the Journal of International Business, Family Business Review, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and has published teaching cases and teaching notes on family business and entrepreneurship. Her research was also recently profiled in RSM Insights. Vanessa's dissertation on family firms and governance was a finalist at the Academy of Management conference in 2009: Mindful Governance: The Role of the Most Trusted Advisor in Family-Owned Firms. Recently, she received the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Award for best research paper at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management Family Business Conference, and the Outstanding Discipline Award for Entrepreneurship from Ivey Publishing that recognizes the top selling cases in each faculty discipline world-wide for her family business case: Ganong Bros. Limited.

  • Strike, V.M. & Morse, E. (2011). Ganong Bros. Limited, Teaching Case. In Strategic Management, 1st Canadian Edition. Pearson Education.
  • Strike, V.M.. Mindful Governance: The Role of the Most Trusted Advisor in Family-Owned Firms. University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada: University of Western Ontario). Prom./coprom.: C. Rerup & E. Morse.

Editorial positions

  • Family Business Review

    Editorial Board

Organization Membership

  • Academy of Management


  • Fellowship - ERIM early career talent programme (2008)



Visiting address

Office: T07-20
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Strike, V.M., Sapp, S.G. & Congiu, L. (2013). Best Family Business Paper, Academy of Management 2013. Wetenschappelijk.